ARLINGTON, Oct. 17, 2019 — The National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) this week unveiled a new safety training video, “Safety and Grain Quality Management,” that illustrates the connection between grain quality and safety.
The animated video, funded by the National Grain and Feed Foundation, was launched during NGFA’s first-ever Harvest Safety Week, which is taking place Oct. 14-18.
Working in or around a grain bin can expose farmers and workers to serious and life-threatening hazards, including entrapment and suffocation from engulfment. Historically, nearly 70 percent of these incidents occur on the farm. The video notes that hot weather and grain whose condition is not maintained and monitored can increase the need for farmers and others to enter bins to dislodge grain hung up or crusted in a bin.
“Grain that has gone out of condition will always be a safety risk,” the video notes. Viewers will learn several steps to follow when storing grain to maintain quality, including proper aeration, moisture levels and temperature monitoring to avoid potentially hazardous situations.
View the video here or go to ngfa.org/safety.
During Harvest Safety Week, NGFA is delivering free safety resources particularly useful during the busy fall harvest season to NGFA members’ inboxes each day. Participants are encouraged to use this opportunity to exemplify commitment to safety by using NGFA’s training materials and sharing them with #Harvest19 and #HarvestSafetyWeek on social media.
All videos, “Safety Tips” sheets, webinars and other materials can be found on ngfa.org/safety.
The NGFA, established in 1896, consists of more than 1,000 grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate more than 7,000 facilities and handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds. Its membership includes grain elevators; feed and feed ingredient manufacturers; biofuels companies; grain and oilseed processors and millers; exporters; livestock and poultry integrators; and associated firms that provide goods and services to the nation’s grain, feed and processing industry. The NGFA also consists of 33 affiliated State and Regional Grain and Feed Associations, and is co-located and has a strategic alliance with North American Export Grain Association, and a strategic alliance with Pet Food Institute.